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reloading question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by westernsky20, May 9, 2009.

  1. westernsky20

    westernsky20 Portland, OR Member

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    My dad gave me is reloading equipment to use. I am loading 9mm ruger.
    120 gr. Hard cast bullets.
    Hodgdon HP-38 powder.
    Federal small pistol primers
    Brass is one time used.
    3.9 grains powder.
    They shoot well the problem I am having is that a lot of smoke is getting produced when I fire them.
    The powder is quite old. I was hoping somebody could tell me why?

    Thankyou
    Mark
     
  2. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    The smoke is probably from the lube used on the cast bullets. Not a big problem.
     
  3. Hotwheelz

    Hotwheelz Pierce County Member

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    True , I have had some luck using diff. powder with diff lube but all lead bullets smoke a little and some alot. Titegroup and vitavouri 340 powder seem to run the cleanest with a wide range of lead bullets for me.
     
  4. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    Smell powder and check to see if it has oxidized or degraded(red color or dust) Store cool/dry
     
  5. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    It's more than likely the lube,which is why a lot of indoor ranges only allow jacketed bullets.
     
  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Actually its because the lead bullets put off lead particulates that increase the amount of lead in the air, which is a health hazard when you're in a not so well ventilated place like indoors.